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8 fresh PEs against Tatas and others

The new set of PEs involves Tata Motors and Tata Steels, mentions alleged favours extended to former DG (Hydrocarbons) VK Sibal by Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited and former Jharkhand chief minister Madhu Koda for demanding Rs 150 crore for granting iron ore mine licence. Besides, a former Air India official Ramesh Nambiar and lobbyist Deepak Talwar have also been booked by the CBI.

The CBI’s track record in such sensitive investigations is rather poor as in most cases PEs don’t convert to regular cases. The first PE about the alleged irregularities in the allotment of iron ore mines at Ankua, Singhbhum district of Jharkhand to Tata Steel has been initiated. Former Jharkhand CM Madhu Koda along with unknown officials of Jharkhand government have been booked.

The second PE is about favours extended to Sibal by Reliance Industries Limited and other unknown persons. Sibal faced a CVC inquiry into the ownership of a flat in Mumbai. The third PE is about the alleged working of touts and middlemen and kickbacks in the aviation sector in which Niira Radia, Ramesh Nambiar, a former Air India official, Deepak Talwar, and unknown officials of Ministry of Civil Aviation have been booked.

The fourth PE is about the alleged market manipulation and hammering of stocks of Unitech by Niira Radia. The fifth one is about the supply of low floor buses by Tata Motors to Government of Tamil Nadu under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme of centre. Ravi Kant, a top functionary of Tata Motors, was in touch with Nira Radia.

The sixth PE is against chartered accountant Rajiv Gupta, unknown public servants and private persons who have been booked for alleged criminal misconduct. The seventh PE is about illegal payments to IT officials. The eighth PE is about allegations of providing accommodation entries, creation of paper companies, bogus billing and cash payment.
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